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Hospital in north Cornwall closes at night again

Hospital in north Cornwall closes at night again

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:01am 10th January 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

The sudden decision to close a hospital overnight means people are “not safe” according to councillors who have called for the service to be reinstated immediately.

Stratton Hospital in Bude has been operating a community treatment centre since last summer after the hospital was forced to close its Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) due to a lack of staff in December 2018.

But on New Year’s Eve the hospital shut the community treatment centre overnight with local councillors claiming that it was due to staff being sent elsewhere.

Cornwall councillors for the Bude area are now demanding answers and are angry that the decision was made without any consultation.

After the previous closure of the MIU overnight health bosses apologised to councillors for not involving them in discussions.

stratton hospital

Bude councillor David Parsons said he was “very disappointed” that councillors had not been informed of the latest closure.

“In August last year we started the community treatment centre which was staffed by a clinician who was also working to provide the telephone help service as well,” he said.

“It was fully operational and working really well – it was stopping people from going to A&E and ambulances were not having to turn up to take people to North Devon or Plymouth.

“But it seems that we have been a victim of our own success. One of the big things for me is that there is no consultation when things happen – the same thing has happened again and we have been left in the dark.

“We are running around trying to find out what is going on.

“We have been told that the reason it has closed is partly due to the pressures on RCHT and the clinician has been moved to St Austell because too many people were coming up to the hospital.

“We are absolutely furious – there is no overnight service in Bodmin and now none here. This is not a safe place to be.

“If you have to call an ambulance you are effectively taking it out of service for three hours.

“They say that the number of people using the service is low but this is about fair access to services and we don’t believe we are getting that.”

David Parsons, Bude councillor

Cllr Parsons added: “We have been told that it will be closed for two months, but we have been here before and before you know it after two months it will be another two months.

“We want to see it reinstated immediately.”

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Councillors are due to meet with North Cornwall MP Scott Mann to discuss the situation and are also set to discuss it at the Bude Community Network Panel meeting on Monday (Jan13).

Mr Mann said: “Like many North Cornwall residents, I was disappointed to learn that Stratton MIU has been temporarily closed overnight for the second time in recent years.

“I immediately wrote to Phil Confue, Chief Executive of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, to ask for clarifications regarding this temporary closure and raise my concerns about Stratton staff being used as back up for the main hospital in Treliske.

“I also plan to meet with local members of Cornwall Council to discuss this matter further, and I will relay their feedback to the Secretary of State for Health as soon as possible.

“I hope that the situation can be rectified as soon as possible, and Stratton Hospital can be used to its full potential serving the local community.”

Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall

In a statement Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership said:

“As people across Cornwall will know health and care services are currently experiencing unprecedented demand.  To be able to meet needs of whole population, for a short period of time until the end of February, we need concentrate care where there is greatest demand and so that we can offer a safe service to everyone.

“The Stratton Minor Injury Unit will continue to be open as usual from 8am to 10pm every day and x-ray from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday.  In addition support remains available from NHS 111 and in emergencies or life threatening situations 999.

“We thank the people of Stratton for understanding the need for the temporary move of the Community Treatment Centre resource to support the larger population in the St Austell area.  We have spoken with North Devon Hospital so they know that people from North Cornwall may be accessing services there.

“We remain committed to the Community Treatment Centre in Stratton and fully intend to resume this valuable service in March 2020.”

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership

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